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A History of Trust in Ancient Greece$
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Steven Johnstone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226405094

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226405117.001.0001

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(p.12) Chapter 2 Haggling
A History of Trust in Ancient Greece
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This chapter examines the haggling in ancient Greece as an economic activity and as a cultural practice. It suggests that haggling highlighted the complex relations between trust in abstract systems and trust in persons. It explores the comic representations of haggling in order to understand its procedures and protocols and the ways it encoded conflict. This chapter suggests that Greek marketplace regulations should be understood to be aimed at overcoming or at least compensating for the asymmetric positions of sellers and buyers and at restraining or eliminating haggling.

Keywords:   haggling, ancient Greece, economic activity, cultural practice, trust, abstract systems, marketplace regulations

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